Hillcats hand Pelicans first series sweep of season

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped a 2-1 decision to the Lynchburg Hillcats Wednesday to suffer their first series sweep of the 2012 season.

The Pelicans are now three games back of first place behind the Winston-Salem Dash, but still in line for a Carolina League playoff berth. The Dash won the first half, leaving Myrtle Beach four games ahead of the Carolina Mudcats for the second-half playoff bid.

The game was decided in the bottom of the third inning with four Hillcats singles, only one of which was struck with great force.  The inning began on a single with eyes for right field off the bat of Matt Weaver.  That was followed by a well placed bunt from Mycal Jones and a sac bunt from Emerson Landoni.  With one out Dan Brewer singled hard to right to score two runs.  Chris Garica also singled in the inning but caused no scoring damage.

Myrtle Beach attempted a comeback in the fifth with a leadoff homerun from Chris Grayson.  It was his first homer as a Pelican and his 11th of the year.  Myrtle later loaded the bases in the inning but didn’t score.

Joe Van Meter took the loss on the mound, firing his first quality start of the season.  He allowed just two runs in six innings.  Ryan Weber won for Lynchburg.

The Pelicans return home for four with Carolina starting Thursday at 7:05.  It’s Ladies’ Night with sports bras being given away to the first 200 women 18 and up, courtesy of Carolina Coastal Plastic Surgery.

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